Pic of the week.

First Paleo-friendly cart of groceries.
First Paleo-friendly cart of groceries.

Today is my 7th day living 100% Paleo!

I have joined my two best girlfriends in a Paleo Challenge for the month of January. The Paleo diet is high in protein and vegetables, and without dairy, grains, or beans. Of course, no highly processed foods or sugar (except for those in fruits).

I’ve actually enjoyed preparing all of my meals and I’ve always enjoyed finding things that are healthy AND tasty, so, so far, this has been a pretty fun journey.

So far, I’ve learned lots of things while being Paleo:

  • Dairy is the source of most food allergies
  • A Paleo diet utilizes good fats & oils (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, etc.) as fuel, instead of carbs.
  • Your body processes/reacts to real, natural, raw, fake sugar all the same. So, that raw honey you’re eating? Same as sugar.

I’ve also learned that not everyone is a fan of Paleo—which I was warned about in Living Paleo for Dummies. Many people are quick to share their opinions: “They can’t tell me it’s a ‘Cave Man Diet’ and they didn’t drink milk from a cow” (actually, cows weren’t domesticated to be milked until post-caveman era); “Be careful, I gained 15 pounds doing that.”

But I’ll leave my lifestyle choices to myself, thank you!

Some of the things I’ve eaten this last week include:

  • Seared salmon with broccolini & capers
  • Sweet potato hash with onion & sausage
  • Steak salad with hard boiled eggs & avocado
  • Egg “muffins” (egg, spinach, onion, jalapeño, & mushrooms baked in a muffin tin)
  • Cucumber & melon salad with a lime-cilantro dressing
  • Steak, with butternut squash & a baked sweet potato with cinnamon
  • Snacks: olives, pork rinds, dried fruit (with no sugar added), avocado, cucumber slices, pistachios

I’ve got a pork, sweet potato, & fennel stew in the crockpot as we speak! I hope the next three weeks go just as smooth as this one has.


  1. smeredith21

    I do Jorge Cruise’s The 100 diet which is no carbs and no sugar and love it! Its hard to get use too at first but once you do you can tell a difference in how your organs feel (sounds weird I know)!

  2. Matthew

    There are always going to be haters when it comes to diets (fads, or not). I’ve known a number of people who love Paleo, others who don’t. From my personal experiences it just didn’t make sense for me to really do it/try it. I had already (as you put it) reset my body when I dramatically changed how I was eating and the results were great so there really wasn’t any need for me to try something different.

    Good luck.

    I will admit, there are a lot of great recipes for Paleo stuff. Except for almond flour pancakes. There’s only one type of pancake in my book, and that ain’t it. 😉

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